The project targeted a wide-range of stakeholders over its lifetime. Primary target groups, that were directly involved in project events and/or processes include:
- Professional Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) / Higher Vocational Education Institutions and Associations representing them in the project-partner countries were directly involved in practically all the project’s activities through participation in the peer-learning events, and through participation in the peer-review processes;
- Institutional decision makers and policy-makers in each of the partner countries have been invited to participate in the project through participation in the national committees on PHE Excellence. Later in the project, Higher level decision & policy-makers were targeted by national stakeholder fora taking place in each country;
- Enterprises and the world of work: these consist of one of the main beneficiaries of the project activities. By participating on equal footing with HEIs in the national committees on PHE Excellence, they had an equal say in the policy recommendations ensuing from the project activities;
- Students, through their representative organisations, also participated in the NCPHEEs. They will benefit from improved policies in provision of PHE and in particular, of enhanced employability as a result of the policy recommendations made by the project.
The Centre of Excellence consists of three types of bodies:
- The project consortium serves as a management board of the Centre for Excellence, which hosts all policy analysis and recommendation activities
- Four thematic peer-learning groups, made up of experts in each of the fields, are responsible for finding and analysing case studies, and for proposing a toolbox of policy solutions for addressing identified case studies.
- In each country, a national excellence committee (D1.2) is formed, consisting of representatives of business, institutions, students and policy-makers. The excellence committee is responsible for identifying local priorities and challenges, and feeding these to the expert groups for policy analysis. The national excellence committees committeesare also responsible for selecting appropriate interventions from the toolbox put forward by the expert groups, and adapting these for their own institutional or regional/national contexts.
The total participation of stakeholders in each of the PROCSEE NCPHEEs per country is:
- Slovenia: 24 stakeholder representatives
- Croatia: 12 stakeholder representatives
- Hungary: 34 stakeholder representatives
- Czech Republic: 25 stakeholder representatives
- Romania: 21 stakeholder representatives